Talk:United States Census, 1910 (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Something more useful than a random number generator would have been nice

Imagine how much more useful this article could be if, instead of giving the direction of 'Select the "DGS Film Number" category', it actually had some information about how to figure out what a DGS number is and how it corresponds to any kind of cataloging system. So far as I can tell, I currently need the one between 004449903 and 004449354 -- they're not even in order.

See what happens when FamilySearch makes up their own random number generated digital file number instead of corresponding to any other kind of cataloging in the world? They don't even correspond to their own catalog. How hard would it have been to make digital numbers correspond to film numbers? It is impossible to "browse" collections like this. Why is the option even there? --Banai 23:19, 24 May 2013 (UTC)


Have you searched the index for this collection?

I removed the instructions for the DGS browse because we want to encourage others to use the index. In some cases people have used the DGS number from the index results page to navigate the browse numbers.

Thank you for alerting me to this problem.

Dorothy Horan, User Guidance Supervisor 01:03, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I did try the index. That doesn't always work. I have an address and wanted to look it up the old fashioned way but I couldn't find the EDs -- just the ones around the ones I needed. Sometimes someone is there and is horribly messy or just indexed wrong, or sometimes other family has stayed in the location. Some people are harder to find than others and it takes page-by-page browsing to find them. On film is faster, but I can't do that from home. And with the FHL chopping off its hours, it's harder to get in the extra time. --Banai 01:24, 26 May 2013 (UTC)